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November 15: Albert the Great

Albertus Magnus (d. 1280) It was on this date, November 15, 1280, that Albertus Magnus or Albert the Great, died at Cologne, in what is now Germany. Albert was born about 1206, the son of the Count of Bollstädt, and

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August 10: Churches v. Astronomy

Royal Observatory Opens (1675): Churches v. Astronomy It was on this date, August 10, 1675, that, by order of King Charles II, the foundation stone of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, south London, was laid. The rationale was chiefly commercial:

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March 2: Pope Leo XIII

Leo especially objected to things we take for granted today: secular public education, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of association, separation of church and state.

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December 10: Averroës

Averroës, in his own beliefs, substituted a vague Pantheism or World-Soul for the impersonal God of Aristotle. He did not believe in personal immortality.

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December 8: The Errors of Pius IX

What Pius IX condemned generally as “Liberalism” is today seen as general principles of modern civilization.

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November 15: William Pitt + Albertus Magnus

William Pitt the Elder (1708) It was on this date, November 15, 1708, that “The Great Commoner,” English statesman William Pitt the Elder, was born in London. After attending Oxford, Pitt stood for Parliament, where he attracted followers by opposing

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